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HB youth seeks bike’s return

The bike — a silver Red Line with a torn seat — that was stolen from Holmes Beach resident Jake Ross. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lee Ross

Jake Ross says he never was more than 15 feet from his silver Red Line bicycle Oct. 16.

So when he and his brother, along with friends, went to leave the Holmes Beach skate park that day, he was surprised to find his bicycle missing.

“I was kind of in shock and couldn’t believe it was gone,” Jake, 11, of Holmes Beach, said.

The Holmes Beach Police Department is investigating the bicycle theft, including a review of video surveillance tape from the park.

“The bike was a gift from my grandmother and aunt,” Jake said. “It was a nice bike and I really liked it.”

In addition to transportation to the park, the bike was the child’s transportation to Anna Maria Elementary School.

For the thief, Jake had a question: “Why would you take my bike?”

Jake’s mother Lee also had a question: “How brazen could someone be to steal an 11-year-old’s bike as he was playing right near it?”

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